according to legend, although the velvet undergrounds debut lp only sold about 100 copies when it was originally released, every one who did buy a copy were inspired enough to form their own band. partly as a vehicle for native new yorker lou reeds songwriting, and part pet art project for artist andy warhol (who designed the groundbreaking >peel slowly and see< banana album cover), the band also featured welsh emigre john cale, percussionist mo tucker, guitarist sterling morrison and teutonic, iconic chanteuse nico. recorded in 1966 and issued a year later, it is widely regarded as a precursor to punk and alternative music a decade later. now rightly hailed as an undisputed classic, the dark subject matter and progressive sounds explored on i m waiting for the man, venus in furs, heroin and the black angels death song did little to help propel this experimental group into the mainstream. q regarded it as >a flickering, unforgettable band performance<, whilst it rated at #6 of the nmes greatest albums of all time.
45th anniversary edition, newly re-mastered from original tapes and pressed on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl. comes in gatefold sleeve with original artwork, including code for free mp3 download of the full album.